Item description for El Aserradero Lugubre / The Miserable Mill (Series Of Unfortunate Events) by Brett Helquist Lemony Snicket...
As the Baudelaire orphans look out the grimy window of the train taking them to the Lucky Smells Lumbermill to live, they can't help but wonder what lies ahead.
For Violet, who is an inventor, perhaps there will be machines to observe. Machines that saw wood can be very interesting, even though in the wrong hands they can be the cause of ghastly accidents.
And for Klaus, who enjoys reading immensely, perhaps there will be a library. Information found in a book can be very useful. Especially if an evil doctor is lurking about.
And for Sunny, who likes nothing better than to bite things with her four sharp teeth, perhaps there will be bark to chew. It is important to keep teeth sharp when someone close by may be hiding a sword.
As the train pulls into the station, one thing is certain: The unlucky Baudelaire orphans had best keep their teeth, wits, and minds sharp, for whatever awaits them at the mill may well be the deadliest in a series of unfortunate events.
Outline "The Baudelaire orphans looked out the grimy window of the train and gazed at the gloomy blackness of the Finite Forest, wondering if their lives would ever get better," begins The Miserable Mill. If you have been introduced to the three Baudelaire orphans in any of Lemony Snicket's previous novels, you know that not only will their lives not get better, they will get much worse. In the fourth installment in the "Series of Unfortunate Events," the sorrowful siblings, having once again narrowly escaped the clutches of the evil Count Olaf, are escorted by the kindly but ineffectual Mr. Poe to their newest "home" at the Lucky Smells Lumbermill. Much to their horror (if not surprise), their dormitory at the mill is crowded and damp, they are forced to work with spinning saw blades, they are fed only one meal a day (not counting the chewing gum they get for lunch), and worst of all, Count Olaf lurks in a dreadful disguise as Shirley the receptionist just down the street. Not even the clever wordplay and ludicrous plot twists could keep this story buoyant--reading about the mean-spirited foreman, the deadly blades, poor Klaus (hypnotized and "reprogrammed"), and the relentless hopelessness of the children's situation only made us feel gloomy. Fans of these wickedly funny, suspenseful adventures won't want to miss out on a single one, but we're hoping the next tales have the delicate balance of delight and disaster we've come to expect from this exciting series. (Ages 9 to 12)
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Reviews - What do customers think about El Aserradero Lugubre / The Miserable Mill (Series Of Unfortunate Events)?
Great purchase May 9, 2008
My grandaughter was thrilled to be continuing on with this series. Speedy delivery. Thank you.
"Mill" is a Thrill Apr 13, 2008
This Book #4 in the Lemony Snicket Series of Unfortunate Events is perfectly named. The story of the Baudelaire children continues as they are put in the care of a lumberyard owner, who smokes and one can never see his face. He puts the children to work in the lumber factory, among the saws and heavy logs, feeding them gum for lunch and a nasty casserole for supper. The foreman is mean and trips Klaus, breaking his glasses. He is taken to an eye-shaped building nearby where he comes back quite a changed boy after seeing the eye doctor and the receptionist. Klaus is now willing to cause accidents in the mill, and the owner says one more accident and he will give the children to ... It is up to Violet and Sunny to figure out what's wrong with Klaus and how to undo it before they are given to a most unsavory character that we have seen before. Enjoy this fast-reading, marvelous book - but don't let the recommended ages 9-12 stop older readers up to adult.
Over the top to compensate for being the least fun book. Feb 9, 2008
This is by far the weakest book in the series so far. It lacked the fun of the first three books. The story becomes so outlandish, that it is uninteresting. Yes, I know it is a children's book, but there has always been a core of reality which the author has lampooned. Sending the children to work in a lumberyard that pays its workers in coupons was just too much, especially since there was no familial connection between the children and the owner of the lumber mill. Overall, the story was not nearly as fun as the previous novels, and to compensate, the author makes the story more outlandish than ever before.
If you are reading the series, then this is a must, but don't read this for its stand-alone value.
My favorite in the series Aug 21, 2007
This book is a jumping off point from the first three books since the kids don't begin the book with Mr. Poe, instead they're traveling off to a place alone and aren't being entrusted to a person at all, but a lumber company. Since the setup is so bizzare, so is everything else. The characters are so quirky and Phil is one of my favorite side characters in the entire series. For once, one of Olaf's accomplices gets one of the most grizzly fates I can imagine. The creative level of this one is what made me finish the entire series since the formula was becoming a bit old after the first three novels and a changeup was needed. What's interesting about that is how it still fits the plot of the first three, but the way it goes about it is different and that makes all the difference in the world to me.
The Mill Mar 28, 2007
For the people who love the adventures of children, those people should read this book. It is easy to enjoy the writings because Lemony explains the words that are so hard that you would need a dictionary for. There is no was this book could be boring. There is suspense and mystery within these pages. I recommend this book to all ages.